COPA fights for more inclusive healthcare and WINS!
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COPA Wins on Healthcare for Uninsured Undocumented, Monterey Co. to Invest $500K

Monterey Co., CA - By unanimous vote, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors finally agreed to fund a healthcare pilot project created, and fought for, by leaders of Communities Organized for (relational) Power in Action (COPA).

$500 thousand has been allocated to pay for lab tests, radiology and pharmacy services — things generally unaffordable for undocumented residents concentrated in the agriculture or hospitality industry.  The purpose is to prevent future visits to the county hospital’s emergency room.  The Episcopal Diocese estimates that between 1,200 and 2,000 uninsured undocumented county residents will be eligible for the program.  

According to Canon Jesus Reyes:
“The word ‘vulnerable’ summarizes the intent of the project.  The vulnerable play an important role in our society; they get up early in morning, go to work, bring resources to our tables, our fiscal well-being and our whole society....It is important for us to pay attention to their health needs.”

[Photo Credit: Laura Lawrence, Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real]

Monterey County to Close Gap in Healthcare for Undocumented ResidentsNew American Media

Monterey County Supports New Program to Help the UninsuredKION News Channel 5

El Camino Real Support Healthcare Pilot Program to Aid UninsuredAlong the King’s Highway Newsletter

Supervisors Launch Pilot Program to Aid the UninsuredThe Californian

Program Piloto de Salud en Salinas, CAUnivision Monterey-Salinas

County OKs Plan to Pay for Health Services for UninsuredMonterey County Weekly

County Prepared to Launch a Pilot Covering Gap in Health Services for the Uninsured,Monterey County NOW

Pilot Uninsured Health Coverage Program Ready for SupervisorsMonterey Herald

Monterey County’s Uninsured Focus of Health ProjectThe Californian

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Valley Interfaith Defeats Effort to Cut Funding for VIDA 

Edinburg, TX - When Valley Interfaith leaders learned that the Edinburg Economic Development Corp. (EDC) was planning to slash almost $200 thousand in funding for workforce development program VIDA, they immediately set up meetings with municipal elected officials to ensure City funds could make up the gap.  While they discovered that the Mayor and one commissioner were completely supportive of VIDA, they soon learned that a new majority was looking forward to zeroing VIDA out of the budget.  One commissioner, while professing that his “heart [was] touched by the testimony of the students,” told Valley Interfaith he might consider a small investment.  In response, Valley Interfaith told him they would remember his actions come election time. 

VI leaders quickly mobilized 300 VIDA students, graduates and Valley Interfaith leaders to demand a full restoration of funding, filling the room beyond capacity and spilling into the hallway and outside.  When the commissioner whose "heart was touched" proposed the city fund the project by $250K (representing a $40K cut), leaders met the proposal with silence.

In contrast, when the Mayor proposed directing the full $292K to VIDA, leaders burst into thunderous applause.  The motion was quickly seconded and, with prompting, thirded, thus re-securing full funding from Edinburg for long-term workforce development.

Edinburg City Council Promises to Restore Funding to Project VIDA, Brownsville Herald

Edinburg EDC Approves Budget With Emphasis on Infrastructure, Industrial Park, The Monitor

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